Alighting birds and leaping quadrupeds in leafy foliage decorate the upper portion of this large, deep‑blue glazed jar. Scholars have likened these motifs to similar designs on Chinese silk tapestries, which were widely traded along the Silk Road between China and Iran at the time that this jar was made. The verses on this dated vessel suggest that it may have held wine or another type of beverage. They read: "Tumultuous air and boiling earth; Joyous is he whose heart is happy. Drink!"
Inscription: In Persian, in naskhi script; on shoulder: "The heavens and earth are in turmoil; how lucky are those who drink and forget". A.H. 681 (A.D. 1282–83). (Translated by Mr. Esfahani 1980)
(read by Abdullah Ghouchani 2015) One line poem from Firdowsi, the story بازگشتن اسفندیار نزد گشتاسپ "Bazgashtani Isfandiyar nazd-i gushtasip”
هوا پر خروش و زمین پر ز چوش/ خنک آنک دل شاد دارد بنوش681 (A.D 1282-83) The air resoundeth and earth travaileth, And blest is he whose heart drink gladeneth. The story (15) "How Asfandiyar returned to Gushtasp".
[ Dikran G. Kelekian, New York; sold to Havemeyer]; H. O. Havemeyer Collection, New York (by 1909–56; bequeathed to MMA)
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